Photos by Bob Mischka
The Lady Whippet softball team came from behind to upset the Brodhead Cardinals to secure their first conference win of the season. Brodhead defeated Whitewater on Tuesday by a score of 7-2 but the Whippets evened things out with a 10-9 win on Thursday. The Cardinals took a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning but the Whippets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 7-3. Jacee Johnson had a double to score Alyssa Schumacher and then Sara Johnson singled to score Jacee. Whitewater added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 7-5. Brodhead scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to 9-5. “Going into the bottom of the seventh inning things didn’t look good but I knew that our girls would not quit” Coach Sdano said. Whitewater would rally in the bottom of the seventh as Kailey Ruhl opened with a single. Alyssa Schumacher singled her to second and Jacee Johnson hit her second double of the game to score Kailey. Alyssa would score on a pitcher error and Jacee scored on a single by Elizabeth Katzman. With the score 9-8 and two outs, Morgan Gransee hit a slow roller towards first base that the pitcher mishandled. Her throw to first was in the dirt allowing Sara Johnson to tie the game. Katzman continued around third base as Brodhead’s first baseman retrieved the ball. The throw home was on target but Katzman slid under the catcher’s tag to give the Whippets a thrilling come from behind win. Sdano was excited with the way things turned out. “What a game! To be on the winning end of a game like that is fun. This also gives us confidence going into next week’s conference games against Clinton.”
Jacee Johnson and Alyssa Schumacher each had 3 hits while Sara Johnson had 2 hits. Alyssa pitched the first four innings and Jacee Johnson pitched the final three innings for the win. Whitewater is home on Tuesday, April 3 as they play host to the Clinton Cougars. They then travel to Clinton on Thursday, April 5. Game time is 4:45 pm. Please come out and support the Lady Whippets.
Photos by Bob Mischka
Whitewater High School baseball team improved to 2-0 and a season sweep of Brodhead with a 5-0 (box score) victory on Thursday evening. Bryce Parrish led the way on the mound with a complete game shutout allowing just 4 hits with 14 strikeouts, no walks and only allowed one Brodhead player to reach 2nd base. Cooper Pease paced the offense going 3×4 with an RBI, followed by Dylan Pease 2×3, and Bryce Parrish 2×3 with a double and an RBI. The offense plated one run in the 2nd after Jordan Curtis led off the inning with a walk, followed by a Cooper Pease single, a wild pitch moved both of them into scoring position and Danny Harnack grounded out to move the runners and give the Whippets a 1-0 lead. The Whippets would score three more in the 3rd inning after James Dedrick was hit by a pitch, Dylan Pease laid down a perfect bunt single and Bryce Parrish lined a shot off the wall in left center to make it 2-0. Dylan would score on a wild pitch and Jordan Curtis grounded out to score Parrish for a 4-0 lead. Whitewater would add one more run in the 7th when Jordan Curtis tripled to right and Cooper Pease lined a base hit to make it 5-0. Whitewater banged out 8 hits but left 9 on base and had several chances to break the game open. Coach Pease said as along as we throw strikes and play clean on defense which we did tonight (no errors) we are going to have a lot of chances to win games. Whitewater has a big week coming up with 5 games and with the first being Tuesday at Clinton High School with first pitch at 4:45.
Photos by Bob Mischka
Article by Nate Parrish
The Whitewater High School baseball team opened the 2018 season with a win over Brodhead at home by a score of 11-2 (Box Score ). Hunter Martin picked up the win in his first varsity outing by going 3 innings with no hits, 4 walks, and 2 earned runs. James Dedrick came in relief in the 4th inning surrendering 2 hits but no runs on 5 walks. The bats started out a little slow but got going as the game went along scoring 1 run in the 2nd inning, 2 runs in the 3rd and 8 runs in the 5th to break open the game. Jimmy Duval was 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI’s, Dylan Pease was 2-3 with 3 RBIs and Jordan Curtis was 2-4 with an RBI. Whitewater banged out 9 hits during the game. Coach Pease said he was happy to get the first one out of the way and walk away with a win but the team will need to cut down on the walks and hitters need stay off bad pitches early in the count to meet some of our goals. The next game will be Thursday, March 29 at Brodhead High School with 1st pitch at 4:45 pm.
Rock Valley Conference is in its first season having 10 teams and is no longer split into a North and South. The conference is deep this year with 3 teams ranked in the Division 2 Preseason top 10 with other teams looking to make a run at the Conference Title. The conference favorites are Beloit Turner, who lost in the State Tournament last year, Jefferson which lost in Sectionals, Evansville which returns a large percentage of its line up and finished 2nd in the conference last spring along with Whitewater which returns five 1st or 2nd team all-conference players. There are also a number of other teams that bring back experienced players that will want to have a say in how things shake out. It should be an exciting season in the Rock Valley Conference.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater baseball team’s doubleheader against Ripon originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved up to Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium due to anticipated inclement weather in the Whitewater area.
The No. 2 ranked Warhawks recently finished their spring break trip to the RussMatt Invitational in Central Florida with a 6-2 record.
To review the start of the Warhawk baseball season, head over to the UWW Baseball Schedule page at UWWSports.com.